To me, the Gospel of Grace is that He has taken away our sin and given us innocence like in the Garden of Eden, so we can enjoy partaking of the Tree of Life...He has removed our sin, blown it away with His holy dynamite (that's how I see God's wrath - as holy dynamite that blows up our sin so it can't harm, control, ruin, poison or kill us anymore!) and reconciled us to God (restored us to harmony and friendship), so we are face to face with Him - now there is NOTHING between us and God, nothing holding us back from Him, nothing to keep us apart, ever!
Believing this wonderful fact has opened the door for God to manifest
the work of Christ in my life, making me come alive to it!! I partake
of the tree of Life, Jesus, and the fruit is sweet indeed, through His
Spirit coming in me I am born again into a whole new existence as a
whole new person - I am a new creation, the old me is gone and the new
me has come.
And amazingly, any hangups, struggles, sinful
thoughts, fears and oppressions coming at me are seen for what they are -
lies of the old existence..they don't represent me anymore! They are
part of the old self, and that self died with Christ on the cross..I am
now a new self, who was raised with Christ in the resurrection!
Hey, what a revelation that I don't have any hangups, problems, issues,
or sin struggles. The person who had those problems is dead! When God
made the new creation, He didn't make a flawed and messed up person
with sin issues, no, He made a righteous, beautiful, pure and lovely new
creation, created in righteousness and true holiness after the image of
Him who created it (Eph. 4:24-5).
I guess I don't have any
problems then! I guess I'm not a messed up person! I guess I am pretty
wonderful, pretty amazing, because I'm a new creation in Christ, and He
is pretty wonderful and amazing in me!